Biggest health risks for young men

Sad moody man having a headacheStrong and capable. That’s the image many young men like to present to the world. But all too often, that image interferes with a man’s willingness to recognize he has health problems.

In fact, men often don’t make their own health a priority, according to the American Journal of Men’s Health. They don’t see their doctor for health issues as often as women do, which means they miss opportunities to treat health problems early. One result of this is that, statistically, women are healthier than men. Their average life expectancy is five years longer than the life expectancy for men.

Here are some of the leading health risks for young men in the United States today:

Injuries

Trauma from injuries is the leading cause of death and disability among young people, especially due to automotive accidents. Taking away cars and roads as a factor, drowning is one of the leading causes of death among young people, and more than two-thirds of the drowning fatalities every year are male.

Ironically, swimming can have immense health benefits. The solution is education on water safety and how to swim.

Mental health

Depression is one of the leading causes of illness and death among young people. While women were once thought to be more prone to depression than men, today the thinking is that men are more likely to hide their depressed feelings.

Depression can disturb sleep, appetite, energy and performance in many activities, and even contributes to heart disease. All too often, it increases risk of suicide.

Regular exercise and good relationships with family, friends and community can have profound impacts on mood and depression.

Lung cancer

By the time lung cancer is found, it’s often so advanced that it’s difficult to cure. Less than half of men who are diagnosed with lung cancer survive a year.

Ninety percent of lung cancer is caused by tobacco smoke. While smoking rates have been falling in the United States for years, lung cancer is still the leading cancer killer in men.

Quitting smoking reduces the risk, no matter how long you’ve been smoking. Regular checkups are important for smokers and non-smokers alike.

Diabetes

Untreated diabetes can damage kidneys and nerves, leading to blindness, amputation, heart disease and stroke. It also reduces testosterone levels and contributes to impotence, depression and anxiety.

Unfortunately, one third of boys born in 2000 — now young adults — will develop diabetes in their lifetimes. The main contributor is excess weight are and obesity.

The best way to control diabetes is through a healthy diet and regular physical activity. Young men whose family members have diabetes should also have regular screenings from their doctors.

Heart disease

While we think of this as more of an older person’s problem, heart disease can strike at any age. High blood pressure, a main contributor to heart disease, is common in males under age 45, according to the American Heart Association. Regular checkups, avoiding smoking and controlling cholesterol can help keep your heart healthy.

Alcohol

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that twice as many men as women have alcohol-related deaths and hospitalization. Men binge drink twice as much as women, as well.

Alcohol consumption increases the risk for cancer, interferes with testicular function, and can lead to impotence, infertility and suicide attempts.

Take charge of your health

The good news is that the younger you are, the easier it is to take charge of improving your health on your own terms. Call us at Proactive Wellness Centers today to find out how we can help you take a proactive approach to your health.

Would you know if your child was sick? Here are the signs and symptoms.

58409064_M (2)How can you tell when a child is sick, and needs to be seen by a healthcare provider? It’s a very real concern for many parents. Sometimes a child is too young to tell you when they’re ill, or don’t know yet how to tell you what’s wrong. To make matters even more complicated, symptoms can sometimes be confusing.

So, how can you tell? Sometimes the symptoms are obvious. If your child has a fever, is vomiting or has diarrhea, has a cough, a rash, or is in pain, then you’ll want to call a trusted medical provider. But sometimes the symptoms are more vague.

Here are a list of symptoms to watch for in children. Keep this list handy to consult. Is your child suffering from any of the following issues?

  • Lower than normal energy
  • New troubles with sleeping
  • Out of the ordinary fretfulness, listlessness or irritability
  • Crankiness, and you’re unable to comfort them when you usually can
  • Loss of appetite
  • If your child seems unusually flushed or pale
  • Complaints of feeling cold

These are common symptoms of illness that parents often see in young children. If you’re concerned, it’s worth checking out.

In addition to watching for the symptoms on the list, we also recommend that you trust your instincts. For the most part, if your child is eating, sleeping and playing normally then all is likely to be well. You know your child, and what is likely to be normal for them. But if your child is acting differently than is usual for them, then it’s wise to look for causes and try to determine if they are ill or dealing with a new issue.

Here are some things that can cause new, unusual issues in a child’s behavior and health. If you think any of the following might be an issue, then it’s a good idea to talk with your healthcare provider:

  • Mold in the home
  • Evidence of allergies
  • Food intolerances
  • Other environmental irritants, such as lead
  • Possible parasitic or other infection due to exposure on a trip or outing, or due to pets in the home

You’ll want to make sure to find a health care provider that’s open to reviewing all holistic factors, to make sure you don’t miss underlying issues. You want to take into consideration all factors, including environmental risks and new situations that might have uncovered an issue for your child.

If you’re concerned about your child and want to try a holistic, integrative approach to taking care of the health of your family please don’t hesitate to reach reach out to us. Visit us online to learn more and feel free to reach out with any questions.

Six essential steps for preventing heart attacks

40392283_MDid you know that cardiovascular disease kills more people in America than all types of cancer combined? As the leading cause of death in the United States, cardiovascular disease is a health concern for many (as it should be). If you’re looking for ways to reduce your risk for heart issues like heart attacks, you’ve come to the right place. Here at Proactive Wellness Centers, preventing cardiovascular diseases is one of our biggest focuses, starting with these six steps.

1. Research your risk factors

Many heart conditions are genetic, so it’s extremely important to have an understanding of the medical history of your family. Reach out to your parents, grandparents, and even great-grandparents (if possible) to figure out if there are any heart issues that run in the family. Additionally, you can schedule an Advanced Cardiac Evaluation at Proactive Wellness Center. This one-of-a-kind program uses a combination of leading-edge biomarkers and diagnostic tools to provide you with a complete risk profile. Working with your doctor, you can use this risk profile to decide how to move forward with your heart health.

2. Eat a heart-healthy diet

What you choose to fuel your body with plays a huge role in your overall health, and that’s especially true in terms of heart health. There are three main components to a heart-healthy diet: less saturated fat, less sodium and more fresh produce. You can reduce your consumption of saturated fats by opting for lean protein sources (such as poultry). You can also use less butter and oil while cooking. It’s easy to reduce sodium intake by avoiding prepackaged and fast food. You can replace salty and fatty foods with fresh fruits and vegetables, which provide many of the essential nutrients that help your body fight off disease.

3. Get moving

Daily physical activity is one of the best ways you can keep your heart in tip-top shape. Experts recommend at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity a week is a good target for a healthy heart. One of the best tips is to find an activity you enjoy. If jogging isn’t your thing, try swimming or sign up for a dance class. If you really enjoy nature, you could take up hiking or mountain biking. Anything that gets your heart pounding is fair game! And if you’re currently sedentary, don’t worry about jumping straight into a tough exercise regime. Start out slow and work your way up to that 150 weekly minute recommendation.

4. Manage stress

Research has shown a connection between high levels of stress and strain on the heart. And, just to be clear, you shouldn’t turn to drugs or alcohol to manage the stress. Those vices can also cause heart problems. Better options for reducing stress include meditation, yoga, exercise, and socializing with friends and family. You could also take up a hobby that brings you happiness and helps you feel less stressed, like knitting, jogging or gardening.

5. See a specialist

If you truly want to be proactive about your heart health, scheduling an appointment with a preventative medicine specialist is a good idea. Preventative medicine specialists, like the ones here at Proactive Wellness Centers, will work with you directly to mitigate your risk factors

6. Get a CIMT

With medical technology improving every day, it’s important to take advantage of the preventative tools available to you. A CIMT, which stands for Caratoid Intima Media Thickness, examines the thickness of your artery walls and the amount of plaque found in your arteries. This helps medical professionals determine if you are at risk for cardiovascular diseases, far earlier than any other test. This non-invasive, cost-effective diagnostic tool only takes 10 minutes and could potentially help you discover heart issues before they’re irreversible.

Are you ready to take charge of your heart health? Schedule a preventative appointment with Proactive Wellness Centers today, and be sure to follow us on social media for more health and wellness tips.

5 early signs of Alzheimer’s that you can’t ignore

`As our loved ones get older, it’s natural to begin to worry about their health. And with someone new developing Alzheimer’s disease every 65 seconds, this serious brain condition is probably near the top of your list of things to worry about. One of the best ways to treat Alzheimer’s disease is to catch it early. Be aware of your older loved ones and watch out for these common early Alzheimer’s symptoms.

1. Memory Loss

This symptom is the most obvious, but if someone is beginning to develop Alzheimer’s, it will go beyond the occasional forgetfulness. If their memory loss is getting to the point where it’s seriously affecting their day-to-day lives, then it’s probably time to see a specialist.

2. Disorientation

If your loved one suddenly can’t remember where they are, what day it is, or even what month it is, then you should be seriously concerned. This disorientation is a sign of the cognitive decline that Alzheimer’s causes.

3. Mood & Personality Changes

If you notice that your older relatives are expressing more anger or sadness than usual, then it could be one of the first signs of Alzheimer’s. Another common symptom of Alzheimer’s disease is social withdrawal. If you find that your mom or dad is showing up to events less and avoiding other people, this could be a cause for concern.

4. Trouble Communicating

Speech and vocalization use a specific part of the brain, and if Alzheimer’s disease begins to attack that part of the brain, then you’ll find that communication skills start to struggle. Difficulty pronouncing words or repeating phrases again and again can be signs of Alzheimer’s disease. People who are beginning to develop Alzheimer’s may also have a hard time keeping up with and participating in conversations.

5. Unusual Behaviors

This category is broad and could look a little different for each person, but if your loved one begins behaving in a way that you just can’t explain, then you should consider getting help. Wandering off alone, hiding objects, weird outbursts, giving away money, or ignoring hygiene could all be small signs of something much bigger.

If you spot some of these symptoms in a loved one and you want to begin helping them, contact us at Proactive Wellness Centers. Our innovative Bredesen-Protocol Strategies can reverse cognitive decline caused by Alzheimer’s. And the sooner the treatment begins, the better. So be on the lookout for these symptoms, and rely on Proactive Wellness Centers to care for your loved ones.

The ‘super food’ that fights ‘super bugs’ — naturally

61151204 - gum rockrose, cistus ladanifer, flower, close upHave you heard of the plant Cistus Incanus? The plants in this genus have powerful properties that fight many of the harmful pathogens that can negatively impact the human body and cause health problems.

If you’re interested in taking a holistic, integrative approach to health and wellness, then you’ll want to learn more about this important plant. Keeping to a healthy, natural diet is just one important way to support your overall health. Your food can be good medicine, by providing the range of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and nutrients your body needs to heal itself and stay strong.

But beyond simply supporting health, Cistus Incanus is known to be useful in the following ways:

Antiviral – The plant has been shown in studies to have powerful impacts on viruses. It works to prevent viral infection by targeting viral envelope proteins, and preventing the virus from entering healthy cells to replicate. In short, it prevents viruses from spreading in the body, which gives the body’s own immune system a chance to kills the virus and prevent illness.

Antibacterial – Cistus has been shown to be effective against both Streptococcus mutans, the bacteria that commonly causes tooth decay, and Staphylococcus aureus, more commonly known as staph.

Anti-fungal – Are you struggling with mold-related issues, yeast, or other fungal infections? Cistus has been shown to be a powerful ally against fungal infections and recurrent issues. Fungus and mold can cause respiratory issues, rashes, memory issues, chronic digestive problems and inflammation in the body. Cistus can be a powerful source of relief in treating ongoing issues.

Repels ticks – To prevent Lyme disease and other illness, it is important to repel ticks. Cistus helps to prevent Lyme disease by working as a potent tick repellent. Even better, it contains none of the toxic chemicals more commonly used as a tick repellent.

So, what is Cistus? All of these benefits come from the plant Cistus Incanus, which grows naturally in the Mediterranean regions of Southern Europe, and North Africa. It grows in dry or rocky soils throughout the Mediterranean region, from Morocco and Portugal through to the Middle East, and also on the Canary Islands.

Cistus is a perennial shrub, and is commonly encountered as a garden flower. The flowers are often referred to as rockroses. The flowers bloom in colors ranging from pure white to bright pink.

The plant has been used by practitioners of natural medicine for many generations, and is traditionally used for cold, flu, respiratory tract infections. It has also been used to treat inflammation and soothe skin.

How do you use Cistus? One common way is to make a natural tea. You can also find it in tinctures. We recommend discussing use with your doctor – preferably one that takes a holistic, integrative approach to health and wellness.

You’ll want to discuss all of your health issues, and any other supplements and medications you might be taking. It’s important to take a whole-body and whole-life approach to treatment, so that you address the issues — and not just the symptoms. You want to look at environmental issues, as well as lifestyle, emotional and other important issues that can impact health.

Cistus is a powerful, natural plant, but it’s only one part of the overall picture. You’ll want to take a look at removing environmental factors like mold, and improving your overall health through good lifestyle choices. We can help with that, when you’re ready.

If you have any questions about your health, please don’t hesitate to give us a call! Check out our website for more information, as well. We want to partner with you to find solutions that work, and help you to live your most active, healthy life – through use of all available resources, including natural, healthy supplements and an improved diet.

Shift your thyroid into gear

Imagine your thyroid is the gear stick of a car. Switching gears allows you to back up, change speed, or park the vehicle. Your thyroid controls the rate of your metabolism, just like the gearstick. This butterfly-shaped gland sits at the front of the neck. It produces hormones that control your body’s metabolism. Watch out for these common issues!77836300 - automatic transmission gear shift in car

Low and high gears: Low and higher levels of thyroid hormones can cause energy issues in your body too. If your thyroid isn’t producing enough thyroid hormones, you may have hypothyroidism, a condition that causes weight gain. If your body starts producing too many thyroid hormones, you may experience weight loss. Unexplained weight gain or loss is a sign of thyroid issues.

Rust build-up: When your car starts to accumulate rust spots, you know that something is wrong. Your thyroid sends the same type of signals to your body. Watch for swelling in the neck, lumps or goiters. These issues are all signs of a thyroid disorder.

Bad shifting: You know the uncomfortable jerking that comes with teaching a person how to transition between gears smoothly? It’s unsettling. If your thyroid is out of wack, your body may experience that same feeling. Thyroid issues can cause changes in your heart rate, heart palpitations and increased blood pressure.

Stop and Go Driving: There’s nothing as freeing as driving fast down the highway, and nothing quite as frustrating as sitting in stop and go traffic. Your thyroid can make your moods fluctuate like your daily commute. People with hypothyroidism can feel tired, overworked and depressed. Those with hyperthyroidism can feel anxious, have trouble sleeping or feeling cranky. These feelings don’t just stop once you pull into the garage, consult a doctor if you have noticed a change in your disposition.

If there is a problem with your car, you take it to the mechanic. They pop the hood, do a little poking around, find the problem and then fix it. Going to the doctor about your health issues isn’t quite the same. Your body is not as easy to repair. That’s why we are here to help you. We dig deep to find the source of your symptoms and help come up with a treatment plan that will get your body back on track. Over the years, we have seen that the thyroid can often be the cause of many of the health issues we face. Don’t neglect your thyroid health. It’s the gear shift that keeps your body running.

What are the signs of inflammation in the body?

22158664 - young woman in pain sitting on bed, on white backgroundDid you know that chronic inflammation in the body can lead to chronic illness, general symptoms of illness and disease and other vague problems that can feel hard to diagnose and treat?

It’s true. Although inflammation is actually part of the body’s natural healing mechanism, it can get out of control and cause more problems than it solves. So, what are the signs of inflammation in the body?

Do you suffer from any of the following issues?

  • Skin rashes and redness
  • Muscle or joint soreness
  • Abdominal pain and bloating
  • Chest pain
  • Vague and ongoing symptoms of fatigue that aren’t explained by lack of sleep
  • Mouth sores, like canker or flaring cold sores
  • Foggy memory

If so, you may be experiencing the outward symptoms of chronic inflammation. It can cause symptoms that are hard to diagnose, unless your medical practitioner and health care provider is willing to take a holistic, whole body approach. That means reviewing your lifestyle, considering allergies and other issues, and reviewing environmental factors. It can also mean taking a look at your emotional health, as ongoing stress can actually cause inflammation.

Really! Here are some of the other causes of inflammation:

  • Long-term exposure to irritants, such as mold or toxins
  • An undiagnosed, low-level infection that your body is having trouble fighting off
  • Allergies and intolerances
  • A poor diet
  • Use of tobacco, excessive consumption of alcohol
  • Issues maintaining a healthy weight
  • Lack of sleep
  • Excessive, ongoing emotional issues

So, how do you treat chronic inflammation? The answer will be unique to each individual. You’ll want to consult with a qualified health care provider and have a complete review of your lifestyle, habits, and health to come up with a strategy for treatment and to promote healing.

You’ll want to make sure to find a health care provider that’s open to reviewing all holistic factors, to make sure you don’t miss underlying issues.

Does that sound like something that might make sense for you? If you’re ready to try a holistic, integrative approach to health please don’t hesitate to reach reach out to us. Visit us online to learn more and feel free to reach out with any questions.

Allergies and Intolerances: What you need to know to safeguard your health

14575018_MDo you know the difference between a true allergy and an intolerance? It’s worth learning the difference, because knowing what you’re dealing with can help you to make better decisions for your long-term health and wellbeing.

Let’s start by talking about allergies. A true allergy causes an immune system response. An allergy can be very dangerous, severe and even life threatening. The immune response caused by an allergy can will affect multiple organs and systems in the body, and you may have a progressively worse response with each exposure.

An intolerance can cause similar symptoms, which is why it can be easily confused with an allergy. But an intolerance is less likely to be life threatening. It will cause discomfort, but a person may be able to ingest smaller quantities of the food or substance without having a severe reaction. Instead, you’ll have less acute issues that might be easier to ignore, but still cause problems in the body.

What are the causes of intolerances?

  • Lack of digestive enzymes needed to break down the foods. A common intolerance you might be familiar with is lactose
  • Stress. Really! Your body may react poorly under emotionally difficult circumstances, leading to intolerances and symptoms that seem vague. This can include symptoms of abdominal bloating
  • Celiac disease. This is not a true allergy because there isn’t a risk of anaphylactic shock, but it can cause similar, serious, multiple organ issues. Symptoms may include digestive trouble, but also headaches and joint pain
  • Sensitivity to chemical food additives, such as dyes and preservatives
  • Irritable bowel syndrome can mimic the symptoms of an allergy by causing severe gastrointestinal distress

In general, if you have concerns, we recommend that you get medical counseling and tested for allergies. We also have additional recommendations to help you determine the best course of action.

Don’t forget, allergies and intolerances can also apply to problems with environmental factors such as mold, dust, and other issues. You’ll want to check for each to know for sure.

Here are Proactive Wellness, our medical practitioners take a holistic, whole health approach. For that reason, we always recommend that you start with the basics. Here are some early things you can do to tell what’s going on.

  1. Know your body. Unexplained symptoms should never be ignored. If you are feeling unwell, it’s worth a trip to visit your trusted provider .
  2. Pay attention to how you feel after you eat. Keep a food diary, if you suspect that you might be having symptoms after eating certain foods.
  3. Try tracking other environmental factors. Be ready to consider that the issue might be caused by mold, or Lyme disease. Have you been around an unfamiliar animal recently? You may have contracted a parasite.
  4. Consider that your symptoms might be caused by chronic inflammation, or other stress factors.
  5. Finally, get tested for underlying infections. The flair-up symptoms may mimic those of an allergy or intolerance.

Finally, please don’t hesitate to reach out! At Proactive Wellness, we will provide a complete screening and counseling at each step to help you determine whether you have an allergy or an intolerance. We’ll provide counseling and support to help you make good decisions to support complete health and wellness.

If you have any questions, we will run tests and give you full screenings to rule out any issues and prevent additional risk to your long-term health.

If you have any questions about your health please don’t hesitate to give us a call! Check out our website for more information, as well. We want to partner with you to find solutions that work, and help you to live your most active, healthy life – with or without allergies and intolerances.

What does it mean to practice ‘integrative medicine’?

Happiness Father and son on the bicycle outdoorHave you heard the term, “integrative medicine”? Do you know what it means, or what the benefits are to taking an integrative approach to medical care and treatment?

Simply put, integrative medicine is a medical care that puts the patient at the center of treatment. It’s an approach that tries to consider and address the full range of physical, social, emotional, environmental, and even spiritual reasons for illness. In short, integrative medicine tries to recognize that each individual is unique and is facing unique circumstances that may be impacting their health and wellness.

Here are some of the founding principles of integrative medicine:

  • The practitioner and patient should be partners in the process
  • The best medicine should seek to find natural solutions first, and provide the least invasive and harmful treatment
  • Healthcare providers should use ALL available healing sciences – including behavioral, nutrition-based, and other knowledge of wellness best practices – to promote the body’s own healing response when possible
  • All factors of health, such as emotional, spiritual, and environmental, should be considered to take a whole-body, or holistic approach

Here, at Proactive Wellness Centers, we believe that promoting the health of the body takes a complete approach to lifestyle, nutrition, addressing physical activity levels and sleep quality, and looking for any allergies or intolerances.

We know that it makes no difference if you treat the symptoms, if you allow ongoing problems like stress, lack of rest, or poor eating habits to cause continued issues overall.

We feel that it’s important to address issues that are often overlooked, such as environmental stressors such as mold, allergies, intolerances. We think it’s important to promote health by providing good information for healthy living, such as how to eat, sleep, and manage wellness through knowledge and self-care.

We know that sometimes it takes management of issues that traditional medicine overlooks, such as inflammation, to improve health. We use therapies that are grounded in science, but seek to break ground to get results, such as use of advanced peptide therapies.

If you’re ready to try a holistic, integrative approach to health please don’t hesitate to reach reach out to us. Visit us online to learn more and feel free to reach out with any questions.

How to know when you have a chronic illness

????????????????????????????????What does it mean to have a chronic illness? You may have heard that term used, but not know fully what it meant. Today, we’ll talk about some of the symptoms and signs of chronic illness, and discuss when to consult a health care provider to find whole-body and whole-life wellness solutions.

Generally speaking, any disease that is a long-term condition can be categorized as a chronic illness. Heart disease, diabetes, and cancer all qualify as a chronic illness. But chronic illnesses may also be categorized by a cluster of ongoing symptoms of poor health that are unexplained, or seem to go away temporarily and then recur repeatedly.

For example, all of the following can be categorized as chronic illness conditions:

  • Ongoing, unexplained fatigue;
  • Muscle soreness unrelated to activity levels
  • Joint paint;
  • Skin disorders;
  • Mental issues, such as fogginess or memory problems;
  • Symptoms of illness that last for more than a year; and
  • Unresolved health issues that don’t seem to respond to treatment.

What causes chronic illness? The causes can be varied. It may have to do with underlying allergies, infection, lifestyle issues, or other problems. A qualified healthcare provider can help you find the cause and solutions.

So, what can you do if you suspect that you may have a chronic health issue? We recommend that you see a holistic health provider. It is important to treat the whole body as an interconnected system, rather than simply seeking to solve issues that crop up.

Promoting the health of the body takes a complete approach to lifestyle, nutrition, addressing physical activity levels and sleep quality, and looking for any allergies or intolerances. It makes no difference if you treat the symptoms, if you allow ongoing problems like stress, lack of rest, or poor eating habits to cause continued issues overall.

What can you do? We recommend that, if you are concerned about your symptoms, that you visit a doctor and holistic wellness provider that can test you for issues and help you to find appropriate treatment.

If that sounds like the case for you or someone you love, please reach out to us. Visit us online to learn more and feel free to reach out with any questions. We offer holistic wellness solutions.